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Copyright © 2012 Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma. Oklahoma Monthly Climate Summary 1 At 2 degrees above normal across the state, February’s warmth was not quite as striking as the previous two winter months, but it still managed to rank as the 33rd warmest February on record. The statewide average precipitation total of 1.78 inches was virtually normal and ranked as the 42nd wettest February on record. Much of the state was actually a bit on the dry side, but the fourth wettest February on record for north central Oklahoma helped boost the statewide average. Golf clubs replaced parkas as the outdoor accessory of choice this winter, and Oklahoma’s kids can only dream of missed school days filled with sledding and snowball fights. The mildness of this winter – the 11th warmest on record at nearly 3 degrees above normal – stands in stark contrast to the cold, snowy experiences of the previous two years. Tulsa has recorded a paltry 1.7 inches of snow so far this cool season and Oklahoma City reported a similar total of 1.8 inches. This winter ranked as the ninth warmest in Oklahoma City dating back to 1891. Tulsa’s average winter temperature tied for the sixth warmest dating back to 1905. february 2012 Oklahoma Monthly Climate Summary February 2012 Statewide Extremes Description Extreme Station Day High Temperature 81ºF Hollis 28 Low Temperature 8ºF Jay 12 High Precipitation 4.95 in. Freedom Low Precipitation 0.27 in. Goodwell -- February 2012 Statewide Statistics Temperature Average Depart. Rank (1895-2012) Month (February) 43.7ºF 2.0ºF 33rd Warmest Season-to- Date (Dec-Feb) 41.7ºF 2.9ºF 11th Warmest Year-to-Date (Jan-Feb) 43.2ºF 4.4ºF 14th Warmest Precipitation Average Depart. Rank (1895-2012) Month (February) 1.78 in. 0.02 in. 42nd Wettest Season-to-Date (Dec-Feb) 6.08 in. 0.85 in. 30th Wettest Year-to-Date (Jan-Feb) 3.73 in. 0.52 in. 36th Wettest Depart. = departure from 30-year normal February Daily Highlights February 1-3: The first three days of the month had a lot of unsettled weather, thanks to a cold front and a strong upper-level storm system that moved across the state. The front generated strong-to-severe storms across northwestern Oklahoma on the second. Hail up to 1.5 inches in diameter was reported near Freedom along with 65 mph winds. The storms continued into the third with more large hail and severe wind reports. The highest rainfall totals ended up in northwestern Oklahoma where 2-4 inch amounts were widespread. With the passage of the cold front, temperatures rose into the 40s and 50s in the north and 60s and 70s in the south. February 4-6: The front brought a cold start to this period. Lows were mostly in the 20s and 30s through the sixth and highs managed to rise into the 50s on that day. February 7-10: A storm system moved across Kansas and brought light rain and snow to the state on the seventh. Most of the snow totals were less than 2 inches. The highest total reported was 2.3 inches from Dewey County. The rainfall totals were also light, most less than a quarter of an inch. An arctic air mass slowly filtered into the region after the storm system pulled away. Highs on the 10th rose into the 30s for the most part, although there were a few 40s in the south. Strong northerly winds made it feel much colder. Precipitation Freedom led the state with 4.95 inches of precipitation during the month and helped propel that region to their fourth wettest February on record. This winter was also the second wettest on record for north central Oklahoma with an average total of 6.84 inches, a surplus of 3.39 inches. Statewide, this winter was the 30th wettest with an average of 6.08 inches, 0.85 inches above normal. Temperature Virtually the entire state experienced above normal temperature to some extent during February. Northeastern Oklahoma had the highest ranking with its 22nd warmest February since 1895. Hollis led the state’s high temperatures at 81 degrees on the 28th. Jay brought up the rear at 8 degrees on the 12th.
|Okla State Agency||
Climatological Survey, Oklahoma
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|Title||Oklahoma monthly climate summary, 02/2012|
Oklahoma Climatological Survey.
|Purpose||At 2 degrees above normal across the state, February's warmth was not quite as striking as the previous two winter months, but it still managed to rank as the 33rd warmest February on record.|
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